The National Transportation Safety Board wants drivers to back away from the keypad.
It doesn't have the power to ban texting while driving, but it is urging states to do so. The board announced the recommendation after determining a deadly pileup in Missouri last year was caused by a distracted driver who had sent or received eleven texts in eleven minutes immediately before the crash.
Many cities in Alabama already have texting bans, including Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Adamsville and Hanceville.
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